Monday, May 3, 2010

Weekend busy-ness

Yes, Barlie torments the cat. But don't let this picture fool you - a few minutes after this was taken, the cat jumped off the back of a chair onto Barlie's back and drove poor Barlie insane.

Yesterday, while Todd and Tyler were away playing, Jessie and I had the bright idea to "remodel" the kitchen. And while later on this year we will be putting in all new kitchen cabinets and an island, I wanted something a little quicker to give me more storage space:)
This hutch was built in when we moved in. I didn't like it then (the shelves on the bottom are only about 10 " wide), and every year it has been more of a junk collector than anything.
So as Todd and Tyler walked out of the house yesterday morning to go help a friend work ground, Jessie and I headed into the house with hammers, a crowbar and Todd's drill.
It was not pretty.
But we managed to get the hutch out without too much damage to the walls. I won't mention the hole I put in the wall with the screwdriver - fortunately it patched up pretty nicely. Or the 8 inch screws that were holding the hutch to the wall - what were those people thinking???? Which I then proceed to patch and paint a nice off white color.
I have an old primitive toolbox that I want Todd to hang on the wall for a shelf, and a picture to break things up a little bit. But I am not hanging the shelf myself - I want it to STAY up and not fall off the wall.
This cupboard that I brought myself as my Christmas present was supposed to go on that wall - but it made the kitchen to tight to get around. And yes, that wall behind it is yellow. I really wanted a yellow kitchen, but I think that may be a little too yellow....

Amazingly enough, that cabinet has probably twice the storage space that the old hutch has in it. Jessie was properly HORRIFIED that I would put that chippy old thing in the kitchen - it should be nice and new. I'll have to work on her love of junk apparently.....

And while I was splashing paint everywhere? Jessie tried out her new-to-her sewing machine (a JoAnn Fabrics purchase in a mad dash on Friday night) and made herself some new pillowcases:

Which will be on their way to a good friend to get a crochet edge put on them if my luck holds this afternoon (I am single needle challeneged after all). She also started to make herself some new curtains for her room out of one of my vintage sheets. Of course, then she tells me last night she really wants her room painted bright blue and not pink anymore because pink is too girly.

Guess I will have to get moving on her room here shortly and make her another quilt. One that is not so pink and girly......
Have a great day


Susan said...

I get tired just thinking about what you accomplish in a weekend. You are amazing.

Good luck on the re-decorating.

Michelle said...

I second that, Susan! Kris, you are amazing! :)

8 inch screws? Goodness, gracious. They must have that y'all lived in an earthquake zone or something. That is big time overkill!

Can't wait to see Jessie's new quilt> :)

Nancy M. said...

Wow, you were really brave to get in there and tear that out! I am sure I would have made a much bigger mess than you!

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Libby said...

I love your 'chippy' cabinet *s* What a great piece.

Barlie is getting so bit!

em's scrapbag said...

Love Jessie's comment of pink being to girly. I was the same way. Now I have a girly girl for a daughter and I just have to laugh. Funny how we are all different.
Your old cupboard is awesome.

Gill - That British Woman said...

gosh you are a busy bee, it's going to look good when it's all finished.

Learning to sew at an early age is a great thing. Our dd took sewing lessons when young, and it comes in handy all the time.

Gill in Canada

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audreypawdrey said...

She is lucky to have you! So, are you planning on repainting after you finish a new quilt?:)